Liverpool have been cleared to sign Lazio’s exciting teenage forward Keita Balde Diao, formerly of Barcelona, after opening talks with the Serie A club over a huge £24m fee for the exciting 19-year-old.
Our view: After signing Divock Origi and loaning him back to Lille, you’d think the Reds were more interested in bringing in established talent, but there is little doubt that Diao has promise.
Liverpool are 2.05 to beat Borussia Dortmund in their friendly tomorrow
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After being frustrated in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, Manchester United have now turned their attentions to Barcelona’s former Arsenal man Alex Song.
Our view: After becoming obsessed with the chase for Vidal, United fans will doubtless be left disappointed should the club end up with Song, although he has plenty of the qualities they require.
United are 7.00 to win their first five Premier League matches this season
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Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are hoping to take Tottenham Hotspur flop Roberto Soldado on a season-long loan, but Spurs would prefer an outright sale.
Our view: Shouldn’t Soldado get another chance at Spurs? He was clearly a prolific forward before his nightmare year at White Hart Lane, and perhaps Mauricio Pochettino can work miracles with him.
Spurs are 1.85 to beat Schalke in a friendly on Saturday evening
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Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to give midfielder James McCarthy a new contract to ward off interest from several suitors, including Manchester United.
Our view: He’s only been there a year but McCarthy is part of the furniture at Goodison Park already, and he should stay there for years.
Everton are 18.00 to win the Europa League this season
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In more Everton news, the Blues have finally agreed a season-long loan deal with Chelsea for their 22-year-old Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu.
Our view: Martinez is building an impressive squad at Goodison, and Atsu will be a useful option for his side especially as they negotiate a European campaign.
Everton are 2.25 to win at Leicester on the Premier League’s opening day
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